Former Kentuckian Dies In New Orleans

A man who used to live in eastern Kentucky dies during a carjacking in New Orleans.

It was the city's 108th murder of the year.

53-year-old Tony White lived in Johnson County for four years before helping New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

For years Brittany Cantrell collected postcards from her Staffordsville friend Tony White, who lived just across the street.

White's job as a contractor took him to various parts of the country.

“He would just say you know, thanks for watching my dogs, thanks for housesitting,” Cantrell said.

Cantrell says in 2004 White moved to New Orleans to build a jail.

On his way home from work last Thursday, someone hijacked White's jeep and shot him in the face.

“He was the nicest guy. If they wanted his wallet, he would have given it to him. But they took our jeep and killed him,” Tami White said.

Cantrell says White had stayed in New Orleans longer than planned to help the city rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Cantrell says that's the kind of man he was.

“Tony always had a smile on his face, he was hardworking, help you any way possible,” Cantrell said.

“He was my best friend. The kids and grandkids just idolized him. He was it, and for those guys to snuff out a life like that is pitiful,” Tami White said.

Cantrell says White will be laid to rest in Colorado.

Cantrell finds some comfort in White's handwritten messages that still inspire kindness in her.

Cantrell says she believes White's funeral is next week in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.

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